How NRC echo reached Tripura?

Context: Kirit Pradyot Debbarman Manikya, son of the last King of Tripura, plans to move the Supreme Court demanding a National Register of Citizens on the lines of the NRC in Assam. Days earlier, the Supreme Court had issued a notice to the Centre on a similar plea from a forum called the Tripura Read More …

Strategic Policy Group

National security advisor Ajit Doval has replaced cabinet secretary as the head of the Strategic Policy Group (SPG), a mechanism first notified in April 1999 to assist the National Security Council (NSC) in strategising on matters dealing with external, internal and economic security of the country. While the 1999 notification constituting SPG and defining Read More …

Section 151A of the Representation of the People Act 1951 mandates ECI to fill casual vacancies

Context: It is understood that some newspapers have reported that the Commission on the one hand announced the bye elections to fill the three casual vacancies in Lok Sabha from Karnataka while the bye elections to fill five vacancies in Lok Sabha from Andhra Pradesh have not been announced. Section Read More …

We need a pro-liberty judicial approach

Context: Article 21 of the Constitution places the personal liberty of citizens on the highest pedestal, and so it is the duty of our courts to protect it. However, two recent decisions of the Supreme Court suggest that the court may not be showing sufficient zeal in upholding liberty. In Romila Read More …

Adultery no longer a criminal offence as SC scraps Section 497 of IPC

Context: A five-judge Constitution Bench, led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, in four separate but concurring opinions on Thursday held that adultery is not a crime and struck it off the Indian Penal Code. Chief Justice Misra, in an opinion for himself and Justice A.M. Khanwilkar, observed that Read More …

Lawyers elected as lawmakers can practice in courts, says Supreme Court

Context: The Supreme Court  held that there was no bar on legislators doubling up as lawyers. Details about the judgement: The Supreme Court said there is no conflict of interest if the MPs are allowed to practise law in the Supreme Court and in the High Courts before the very judges they Read More …

Laws barring candidates accused of crimes from contesting elections

Context: The Supreme Court directed political parties to publish online the pending criminal cases of their candidates and urged Parliament to bring a “strong law” to cleanse political parties of leaders facing trial for serious crimes. Rapid criminalisation of politics cannot be arrested by merely disqualifying tainted legislators but should Read More …